MSNBC Reporter Heckled By Anti-Biden Protesters in NYC

White House correspondent Mike Memoli was continually heckled during a live MSNBC shot in New York City late Thursday morning. This occurred while Memoli was laughably trying to promote Biden’s trip to the city as a “model” for how Democrats can address surging crime rates across the country ahead of the midterm elections.

“Right now President Biden is in the air, he is on his way to New York City. And this trip is all about his plan to cut back on gun violence in cities across this country,” anchor Craig Melvin announced during his 11:00 a.m. ET hour. He noted how “New York City saw a nearly 38% increase in all crime in January, compared to the same period last year.”

 

 

Melvin, turning to Memoli made this comment: “First of all, welcome back to New York. The White House sharing some details…about this gun violence reduction strategy, as it’s being called. It’s going to be a big part of messaging heading into the midterm elections.”

Memoli started to repeat White House talks on the topic. A couple stood beside him and protesters shouted. One had “Save Our City” and other messages written on an umbrella while the other held up a “Let’s Go Brandon” sign. A heckler off screen could be heard shouting: “We are the media now! The people in the media, you’re done!”

A frustrated reporter said,

Craig can be heard a lot of the circus that is going on around me. This is what the President sees. You can hear it in my charged speech.

Memoli made the following argument moments later: “So this is a president who is going to be, more through his optics today than through the substance of what they’re announcing, demonstrating to Democrats how to really run on this issue in the midterm elections, Craig.”

The notion that Biden – who’s poll numbers have been plummeting, particularly on the issue of crime – would be serve as a “model” for Democrats, is patently ridiculous.

Melvin made a comment about the hecklers: “Mike, thank you….And again, welcome back to New York City. That was part of our welcoming committee there.”

That’s when the anchor came on to left-wing New York Times Editorial Board member Mara Gay and praised a recent op-ed in the paper: “…you had a strong piece about crime just last month. I enjoyed, I read it, and here’s the headline: ‘The right way to stop rising crime in New York.’” Melvin quoted the article: “The challenge will be how to make the city safer without reverting to the over-policing, especially in black and Latino communities, seen under previous mayors.”

 

 

Gay proceeded to double down on the notion of “over-policing” and warned against increasing police funding:

You have to think about employment programs, you have to think about how to create jobs, community violence interrupters, health care….it’s much more complicated than simply increasing funding to law enforcement….we don’t find it acceptable to criminalize, essentially, black and Latino children in an effort to keep streets safe. We don’t think it’s necessary or – and we don’t believe it’s going to keep anybody safer….So we should not just be asking for more resources for law enforcement. It is important to ensure that the animals go where their intended purpose.         

This is exactly the type of soft-on crime approach, ultra-woke and fashionable that led to increasing violent crime nationwide. However liberal media continue to push such terrible policies.

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The transcript from the February 3, 2013 segment is available here:

11.24 am ET

CRAIG MELVIN – President Biden is currently in New York City. This trip is about Biden’s plan to reduce gun violence across the country. His plan includes two major components: increasing the funding for law enforcement, and aggressively enforcement gun safety laws. Here’s a video showing the President boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews. New York City experienced a 38% rise in crime overall in January compared with the previous year. You can see that homicides declined, however rapes. Robberies. assaults. burglaries. thefts. shootings. car thefts. All of these were up in comparison to last year.

NBC’s White House correspondent Mike Memoli is in New York, he’s here in the Big Apple. Mara Gay is also a member of The New York TimesAn MSNBC political analyst, Editorial Board. An analyst we haven’t seen – we haven’t seen you in a while so it’s good that you’re back with us, Mara. We’ll get to you in just a moment.

But Mr. Memoli, I’ll start with you there. Welcoming back to New York, first of all. Some details from the White House…

MIKE MEMOLI: It’s good to be here.

MELVIN: …sharing some details about this gun violence reduction strategy, as it’s being called. It’s going to be a big part of messaging heading into the midterm elections. Mike, how do we know what the President will say now?

MEMOLI: Well, Craig, there are really three pillars to the President’s crime strategy that he’s eager to talk about here in New York today. The first is the one you discussed. This includes not only increasing police funding but also doing all they can to increase resources for law enforcement. You have to address the root causes. That’s in community intervention programs, rehab programs for formerly incarcerated individuals, and he’s going to be joined by the Attorney General Merrick Garland here to focus on some of the new announcements coming out of the Justice Department. Efforts that they’re taking to try to ramp up enforcement, especially of ghost guns.

HECKLER – We’re the media now! The people in the media, you’re done!

MEMOLI. Craig, you probably can hear some circus about me. This is what the President sees. You can hear it in my charged speech.

We know that the “defund the police” movement was really a galvanizing force for many progressives. It is an American president who keeps his distance. And he’s going to be joined by Mayor Eric Adams, a former NYPD captain himself, somebody who understands and has said himself, telling Gabe Gutierrez just this morning, that “defund the police” is the wrong slogan, that public safety is not a bumper sticker.

So this is a president who is going to be, more through his optics today than through the substance of what they’re announcing, demonstrating to Democrats how to really run on this issue in the midterm elections, Craig.     

(…)

MELVIN – Mike Memoli is for us. Mike, I’m so grateful. Mike, thank you very much. Welcoming back to New York City, Mike. It was part our welcome committee.

Mara Gay, yours and your colleagues The New York TimesThe Editorial Board had a great piece last month about crime. I enjoyed, I read it, and here’s the headline: “The right way to stop rising crime in New York.” And it reads in part, quote, “The challenge will be how to make the city safer without reverting to the over-policing, especially in black and Latino communities, seen under previous mayors.” Do you think President Biden’s plan can meet that challenge?

MARA GAY, We hope so. The reality is that, you know, law enforcement is a key part, of course, of keeping our communities safe and we see that there’s no question about that. However, crime can be very complex and its causes are often complicated. And so when you really talk to people who think deeply about these issues, you know, it’s obvious that it’s not only police that are the solution.

Employment programs must be considered. It’s important that you think about ways to increase employment, prevent violence from happening, as well as how to provide healthcare. I think it’s clear that across the country some of the increases in crime we’ve seen have coincided with the pandemic. So it’s not enough to simply blame liberal or conservative policies or policing. You know, it’s not enough to give them the full credit or blame. It’s really got to be an all-hands-on-deck strategy and it’s much more complicated than simply increasing funding to law enforcement.
                        
And I think, you know, the concern here in New York, right, is that what we don’t want is we don’t want to see a repeat of the 1994 crime bill, you know, of course which President Biden sponsored back in ’94. This is very different, what he’s proposing today, so that’s very good. But we don’t find it acceptable to criminalize, essentially, black and Latino children in an effort to keep streets safe. We don’t think it’s necessary or – and we don’t believe it’s going to keep anybody safer.

So the real challenge is how to go after, you know, violent crime without essentially ensnaring, you know, young black and Latino, especially men and boys, in the – in the service of that goal. And really that’s precision policing.

Therefore, we shouldn’t just ask for more law enforcement resources. It is important to ensure they do what they were meant to. It’s a fine line to walk. So I’m convinced it is possible.

MELVIN – Politically speaking, you will find this a very important issue going into the November midterm elections. Numerous Democrats are likely to be asked questions about the rising rate of crime in their respective cities. How can Democrats in districts and cities across the country effectively seize on this new strategy from President Biden and even Mayor Eric Adams’ plan?

GAY: Well, I think what we’re going to see from Mayor Adams today is a quite savvy approach, which, you know, this is a mayor who ran on public safety. As a former police officer and captain, Adams has the experience of being a law enforcer. In America’s black community, which is over-policed and often unfairly policed, he also sees the perspectives of a black American man. So he’s going to understand how to walk that line. He must ensure that the government runs in an ethical manner.

And I think it’s clear that everybody wants to be safe. Safety isn’t a Republican issue. Everyone wants safety. The police should be trusted by communities and crime must be prevented. So I think that’s really, you know, that’s going to be the goal. People want to be able to trust the police and they don’t want to have to fear from criminals or from the police. And that is really the goal and I think it’s – that Biden and Eric Adams are in a really good position to do that today if they get the tone right.

MELVIN – These aren’t mutually exclusive. Mara Gay, always enjoy your insight, always enjoy your analysis. My friend, I am grateful. We are grateful.

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